Today marks that most significant of festivals: National One Hit Wonder Day. It's time to celebrate "The Macarena" and "What I Am" and "Come On Eileen" and "I'm Too Sexy" and "Afternoon Delight" and "'She Blinded Me With Science" and my own personal bête noire, "Barbie Girl."
A question to ponder as we observe today's holiday: Why are so many one hit wonders so annoying?
Oliver Miller attempts to solve this philosophical conundrum in his essay One-Hit Wonders: A Philosophical Explanation. I never heard of Miller before today and will probably think of him only fleetingly in the future, which probably qualifies him as a one hit wonder as well.
Shockingly, VH1, the ultimate one-hit wonder arbiter (of the 80s, at
least) appears to have no plans to observe this sacred day. Instead its
programmers have decided to bombard us with episodes of Tila Tequila and Eddie Griffin and the Behind the Music about Bobby Brown (whom one can accuse of many terrible things, but one-hit wonder is not among them).
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